USA vs. England

Old Jul 2nd 2007, 6:52 am
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Hey guys,

My fianc´┐Ż is American and we're currently living in London and had
originally thought of moving to Manchester.

Life here is not bad. You make a living (especially outside London),
don't work very long hours and get at least 4 weeks of a year (if not
5-6)

My girlfriend and I are thinking of moving to the states (initially to
Washington DC for her studies) and then who knows.. But I'm starting
to have my doubts on whether we're better of here in England.

The US is ranks higher than England in overall quality of live and
ease of living, and it seems as your buck goes further. But you guys
work such long hours with so little time off. Health care (and
possibly personal crime) could be an issue too.

This comes from a guy who never lived there and only read.. so I
wanted to ask: Are you happier there? We you better off? Are there
places you'd recommend more than others? My fianc´┐Ż will probably wish
to go to Washington DC or NYC for employment purposes (Human Rights,
UN etc') - how would they compare to say... Manchester?

Many thanks,
Andy
 
Old Jul 2nd 2007, 7:34 am
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Regardless of which one is better, you realize that if you come over as her fiance, she will need to file an I-129F petition in the USA, she will need to meet the income requirements on the Affidavit of Support (I-134 and I-864), and it will take around 8 to 10 months for you to get the K-1 visa to enter the USA? Then you have 90 days in which you must be married and file for your adjustment of status towards your green card...the cost of which by that time will be $1,010. If she is a student, you might want to make sure your financial situation will even warrant you coming on a fiance visa...you'll most likely not be able to work for your first 4 to 6 months in the USA.

Depending on her status and length of time she's lived in the UK, you might be able to get married there and file the I-130 directly in London, which is quicker and is less headache in the long run, that way you enter the USA as a permanent resident and can work from Day 1.

Check www.uscis.gov for those forms I mentioned, read the instructions and see if you're up for all that. You immigrating to the USA is not as easy as her immigrating to the UK.

Best Wishes,
Rene
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Old Jul 2nd 2007, 9:51 am
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What is wrong with staying there? I know a guy who was on the dole for 10
years and traveled the world.

I guess all those "hard working" terrorist in the UK are good for something
to pay for one being on the dole.


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Hey guys,

My fianc├ę is American and we're currently living in London and had
originally thought of moving to Manchester.

Life here is not bad. You make a living (especially outside London),
don't work very long hours and get at least 4 weeks of a year (if not
5-6)

My girlfriend and I are thinking of moving to the states (initially to
Washington DC for her studies) and then who knows.. But I'm starting
to have my doubts on whether we're better of here in England.

The US is ranks higher than England in overall quality of live and
ease of living, and it seems as your buck goes further. But you guys
work such long hours with so little time off. Health care (and
possibly personal crime) could be an issue too.

This comes from a guy who never lived there and only read.. so I
wanted to ask: Are you happier there? We you better off? Are there
places you'd recommend more than others? My fianc├ę will probably wish
to go to Washington DC or NYC for employment purposes (Human Rights,
UN etc') - how would they compare to say... Manchester?

Many thanks,
Andy
 
Old Jul 10th 2007, 3:47 am
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i've lived all my life in the us and am looking to move to the uk. i can tell you that the washington dc area has the highest crime rate of anywhere in the us. your buck can go further, but that all depends on where you live. there are a lot of places where your buck won't be going anywhere at all. from everything i've looked into, i don't think i'd say the quality of living is higher here, different yes, but higher definitely depends on who's judging it. more hectic, more stressful and faster here, more laid back there...it depends on if you like being constantly on the go.
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Old Jul 10th 2007, 4:03 pm
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jaykimball wrote:
>> Hi Andy,
>>
>> We've been in the US for just over a year and we're seriously thinking
>> of moving home. Of course lots of people who move here love it and
>> swear they'll never go back so you can try it but I wouldn't recommend
>> burning all bridges back to the UK...
>>
>> We're in the Pacific Northwest and what we do love is the natural
>> beauty, green suburbs and space. We do feel lonely though being so far
>> from friends and family and we miss the hussle and bustle of Europe
>> and the culture and history. I guess the East Coast may be more
>> interesting in that respect. Does your girlfriend have friends and
>> family near where you'll live? If so, I guess that'll be a huge
>> help. I find people are friendly enough but hard to get to know
>> beyond that - it's so suburban here.
>>
>> Financially, we were surprised to find the cost of living not as low
>> as expected. OK, petrol's cheaper but you'll probably have a less
>> economic car and have to make a 4-mile round trip to buy a pint of
>> milk! Cars may be cheaper for the same model but we can't get the
>> kind of model we used to have e.g. 1.2L Saxo or Fiesta doesn't exist.
>> My husband's salary is high but mine's worse than the UK even without
>> considering I have only 3 weeks leave for everything including sick
>> pay, bereavement, etc and only 6 bank holidays. My company's always
>> firing people with no notice for not being perfect 100% of the time,
>> just like in the movies
>>
>> I've created a survey to find out the reasons people move to the US
>> and what they worry about:
>> http://www.opiniondb.com/DoSurveyLis...683-4f0f-b9a7-
>> 40c48d4d0f2f
>> It'll be interesting to see the differences and hopefully of use to
>> those thinking about moving from anywhere in the world.
>
> i've lived all my life in the us and am looking to move to the uk. i
> can tell you that the washington dc area has the highest crime rate of
> anywhere in the us. your buck can go further, but that all depends on
> where you live. there are a lot of places where your buck won't be
> going anywhere at all. from everything i've looked into, i don't think
> i'd say the quality of living is higher here, different yes, but higher
> definitely depends on who's judging it. more hectic, more stressful and
> faster here, more laid back there...it depends on if you like being
> constantly on the go.
>

It depends where one lives, in either country. London can be just as
'hectic' as DC. Try riding a commuter train around London during rush
hour. It makes the DC metro seem like an oasis of calm. Now, if you want
to move to Cornwall I imagine that's pretty laid back
 

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